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Cluster Hire in Biology of Behavior: Three Positions (Open Rank)

The University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences is excited to announce three open faculty positions at any rank in the Department of Biology. As part of our Biology of Behavior strategic initiative, the department continues to build an internationally recognized center of excellence in studying mechanisms of organismal behavior. We are searching for creative, collaborative thinkers to join us in taking an integrative and multifaceted approach to understanding the ultimate and proximate causes of behavior. The Department of Biology already has a strong focus on the study of animal behavior, including 16 complementary faculty research programs that investigate the neurobiological, developmental, and evolutionary processes that underlie how animals behave.

We seek to enhance the collaborative momentum of this initiative by inviting individuals with creative, innovative, and dynamic research programs who are interested in joining a strong group of researchers to apply for these faculty positions:   

·   A Geneticist who uses integrative molecular approaches to understand the evolution, specification, and/or regulation of how genes affect organismal behavior.  

·   A Behavioral Physiologist who studies the endocrine regulation and modulation of behavior.

·   An Evolutionary Developmental Biologist who studies how developmental processes give rise to organismal morphology, nervous system structures, and/or physiology that lay the foundation for the generation of behavior.

The anticipated start date for these positions is August 2020. For additional details and to apply to these positions, please visit

Screening of candidates will begin October 15, 2019 and will continue until the positions are filled. 

Welcome to Dr. Laura Stein

The OU Department of Biology is pleased to welcome our newest facultyu member, Dr. Laura Stein, who joined our faculty this fall.

Stein serves as an Assistant Professor of Biology. Her research seeks to understand the causes and consequences of behavioral plasticity, how behavior influences evolutionary patterns, and how experience, in particular between parents and offspring, shapes development. Laura uses an integrated approach incorporating behavioral observation, neuroendocrine approaches, and genomic tools to answer broad questions from both proximate and ultimate perspectives. Stein also uses two excellent models of plasticity and evolution, the Trinidadian guppy (Poecilia reticulata) and the threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus), to investigate outstanding questions in this field.

Find out more about Dr. Stein's current research at


Welcome to Dr. Luca Fornelli

Neuron and Network

We're pleased to welcome Dr. Luca Fornelli who joined our ranks in January 2019.

Fornelli serves as an Assistant Professor of Biology. Luca's research focuses on the study of the proteins present in an organism, or proteomics, using high resolution mass spectrometry. Fornelli's lab will use top-down proteomics to study the specific modification patterns of proteoforms differentially localized in various sub-cellular compartments, or how different proteoforms derived from the same gene can distinguish between healthy and aberrant phenotypes.

Find out more about Dr. Fornelli's recent research on Google Scholar.